Dad, coach, promises no special treatment

Updated: May 2, 2006, 2:20 PM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Cody Hawkins won't get any special treatment when he enrolls in classes and begins his college football career at Colorado this fall, his father, football coach Dan Hawkins, said.

Cody Hawkins originally planned to grayshirt in the fall and enroll in January, but he and his parents changed their minds to get him started in school, Dan Hawkins said Monday.

The 5-foot-11 true freshman will have to compete with the other five quarterbacks on CU's roster, and will have to meet the same coaches' expectations, the coach said, acknowledging it's difficult for any true freshman to win the starting slot.

Since 1973, only eight true freshmen have had playing time at quarterback for the Buffaloes. The most recent was in 2000, when Craig Ochs earned the starting job after the team lost its first four games. The Buffaloes finished that season 3-8.

Cody Hawkins attended most spring football practices after surprising his father on national signing day in February by committing to play at CU.

"If Cody were 6-foot-2, he would be one of the top quarterbacks in the nation," Dan Hawkins said on signing day. "He is unbelievably accurate and he has never lost a football game since he's been in sixth grade."

Juniors Bernard Jackson and Brian White finished spring training listed together at the top of the depth chart at quarterback. Senior James Cox is expected to compete for the position after missing most of the spring practices with an injury. Rounding out the depth chart at quarterback are redshirt freshmen Patrick Devenny and Mack Brown.


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